The Springfield Board of Park Commissioners and the JFK Remembrance Committee hosted the 54th Annual Remembrance of President John F. Kennedy this afternoon at the Eternal Flame in Forest Park. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Congressman Richard E. Neal, Sheriff Michael J. Ashe and Wayne Phaneuf, Executive Editor of The Republican, hosted those who came to remember the life and legacy of our former President and Massachusetts native.
Three red roses were laid at the memorial stone, as well as a wreath by the Eternal Flame. The ceremony was by James E. Sullivan and an invocation was given by Rev. Robert S. White, Pastor at Mt. Carmel Church.
The ceremony is held every year on the anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, TX. Springfield’s Eternal Flame is one of two in the country dedicated to our nation’s 35th President, with the other being the flame that burns by his grave site at Arlington National Cemetery.
The JFK Remembrance Committee is led by co-chairmen William C. Sullivan, former Mayor of Springfield, and William G. Marot of Hollis, NH. James E. Sullivan is a brother of William C. Sullivan and took his place for him as today's emcee.